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          September 05, 2013

          CMU Among Global Leaders at Summer Davos

          WEF logoCarnegie Mellon will once again have a seat at the table among the premier thought leaders around the globe at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China (Summer Davos), Sept. 11-13.  This year’s summer meetings in Dalian, China, focus on “Meeting the Innovation Imperative.”

          President Subra Suresh and faculty members Justine Cassell, the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute, and Erica Fuchs, associate professor of engineering and public policy, have been invited by the forum to participate in various meetings and panel discussions. Nine alumni, including three trustees, and several parents of past and current students are also scheduled to attend.

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          Trustee Eric Giler is CEO of WiTricity Corporation (//www.witricity.com/), which is being honored as a “Technology Pioneer” by the WEF.  WiTricity is developing wireless electricity technology. Also being honored as a Technology Pioneeer is Nest Labs (//www.nest.com/), a startup founded by alumnus Matt Rogers (E'04,'05) that designed the Nest Learning Thermostat, an energy-saving, programmable device that can be controlled remotely.

          Here’s a glance at the sessions, in chronological order, in which Carnegie Mellon will be represented.


          Wednesday, September 11

          Strategic Shifts in the Digital Ecosystem
          Moderated by:

          • Justine Cassell, the Charles M. Geschke Director, Human Computer Interaction Institute


          Global Risks: The China Context
          Panelists include:

          • Lan Xue (E’89, ’91, Past Faculty), Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
          • Ling Li (parent of a student — S’17), Professor, China Center for Economic Research


          Strategic Shifts in the Manufacturing Ecosystem
          Panelists include:

          • Erica Fuchs, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy

          High Growth: High Risk?
          Moderated by:

          • Shanker Ramamurthy (parent of a student — DC’16), President, Global Growth and Operations, Thomson Reuters


          Driving Smart Development
          Panelists include:

          • Subra Suresh, President


          The Entrepreneur of Tomorrow
          Panelists include:

          • Eric Giler (TPR’77, Trustee), Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation, USA; Technology Pioneer
          • Kai-Fu Lee (S’88, Past Faculty), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Works Management


          Celebrating the Young Scientists
          Participants include:

          • Erica Fuchs, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy


          Strategic Shifts in Urban Ecosystems
          Panelists include:

          • Yoshiaki Fujimori (TPR’81, Trustee), President and Chief Executive Officer, LIXIL Group Corporation


          Global Agenda on Science, Technology and Innovation: Setting Priorities
          Participants include:

          • Subra Suresh, President
          • Michael McQuade (S’77, Trustee), Senior Vice-President, Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation (UTC)


          Thursday, September 12

          Future of Universities: Role of Technology, Knowledge Creation, Values
          Participants include:

          • Subra Suresh, President
          • Justine Cassell, the Charles M. Geschke Director, Human Computer Interaction Institute


          Friday, September 13

          Digital Asia Goes Global
          Panelists include:

          • Kai-Fu Lee (S’88, Past Faculty), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Works Management


          Innovate!
          Participants include:

          • Eric Giler (TPR’77, Trustee), Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation, USA; Technology Pioneer


          For more on the history of CMU’s involvement in the World Economic Forum, go to //www.britneypictures.org/world-economic-forum/

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